Arsenal vs Hull by Neuro
Arsenal succumbed to a bit surprising 2:0 defeat on Thursday evening, away from home against Southampton, team that looked like being out of form before the game started. Anyhow, team generally shared chances, while the Gunners had more of the ball possession, but that didn't stop hosts to take the lead in 34th minute with a goal from Mane, while second goal, at the start of the second half in 56th minute by Tadic, really hurt Arsenal a lot, as the visitors were unable to respond from then on.
This defeat came in a really bad time for Arsenal, as they had four victories and a draw on the run, improving their performances and results in comparison to previous months. They are now once again away from the European positions, being currently at sixth position, only three points away from Champions League placed Southampton. As for the FA Cup game, there is no doubt that the coach will try to rotate some of the players in a very busy schedule. Striker Olivier Giroud (9/5) is serving suspension, while Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey remain doutbful having missed the previous game as well. Coach Wenger still can't count at number of players through injury, including midfielders Mesut Ozil (8/0), Jack Wilshere (12/1), Mikel Arteta (10/1) and forward Yaya Sanogo (5/1).
Hull, on the other side, took a very important 2:0 victory at home against favorited Everton on Thursday evening. They entered the game strongly, taking a double lead already in the first halftime with goals from Elmohamady and Jelavic within ten minutes, while the visiting side tried to respond in the repetition, but without any effectivity.
At the same time, Hull knew how to behave on the field and stood very well in the defense. After this victory, they escaped from the bottom of the table and are currently at 15th position, having two points more than teams in the red zone - optimistic, but still not good enough situation for them. Stephen Quinn and Tom Huddlestone both return here from suspensions, while coach Steve Bruce might be tempted to try here with a three man defense. Otherwise, he continues to be without left defender Andrew Robertseon (15/0), central midfielders Mohamed Diame (13/4) and Robert Snodgrass (1/0) and central defender Michael Dawson (11/0), all four being injured.
Arsenal is obviously vulnerable and can not be trusted, especially not in a FA Cup matches. They remain favorites here, but are in no way as strong as the odds are currently suggesting. Encounter can easily end as a draw, or a narrow victory for the Gunners whose defense should concede at least once here.